The leisurely family meal, a staple for countless generations of Americans, has been taken off the table by the cold realities of 21st Century lifestyles. Parents juggle long work days, daily commutes, their children’s after-school activities, and endless demands of running a household. There just isn’t time.
But, families that eat meals together reap long-term benefits that feed the body, mind, and spirit.
And that’s why Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) is launching a national campaign – FCCLA@TheTable – by asking its 200,000+ members to take a pledge to plan and prepare healthy meals for their families.
We have a big goal: 70,000 meals pledged before the 2015 National Leadership Conference, where states with the greatest percentage of pledged meals will be recognized.
Stronger Families One Meal At a Time
Research about families sharing meals together is compelling:
- Regular family meals promote healthy eating habits and create a bond between parents and their children.
- Eating dinner together improves academic performance in school: 52% of children are mostly “A/B” students when their families eat dinner together up to twice a week.
FCCLA@TheTable challenges members to take a pledge to plan and prepare a meal for their families. It can be a one-time commitment or more.
The culinary stakes needn’t be high. You can prepare a simple dinner, like soup and sandwiches. Those comfortable in the kitchen can plan more elaborate meals.
The events can be spiced up with special themes: breakfast for dinner, international night, one-pot dinners, or a winter picnic in the living room. The choices are endless.
- Click here and pledge to prepare a meal for your family
- Prepare your meal
- Take a picture and post it on Instagram and tag #FCCLAatTheTable!
It’s that simple.